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Thursday
Apr102014

Weekend Spotlight: Fine Arts in Maple Park, Sensory-Friendly Films & More

Here are some of the highlights over the next few days. As always, consult the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.
  • FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: The 15th annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kaneland High School in Maple Park. This free festival is designed to allow the community to experience professional visual and performing artists. The lineup this year includes music, dance and workshops, plus special art experiences and storytimes for younger children. There's also a performance of "James and the Giant Peach" at noon in the auditorium. More info here
  • EASTER CRAFTS: The Little White School Museum in Oswego is hosting an "Easter Make & Take" on both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children ages 3 and up are invited to make a special paper bonnet and decorations that will add color to your celebration. This is a free event and registration isn't required, but the museum appreciates a call ahead for planning purposes to 630-554-2999. Kids must attend with an adult. 
  • FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "Rango" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
  • EASTER EGG HUNTS: There are at least 10 Easter Egg Hunts (including a Helicopter Egg Drop and a traditional Egg Roll) this weekend. Most are drop-in, but several require registration. Details here
  • SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILMS: Goodrich Quality Theaters also has its "Lights Up, Sound Down" series this week for families with children with sensory issues. The animated movie 'Rio 2" will be shown on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kendall 10 in Oswego and the Randall 15 in Batavia. Regular matinee prices apply.
Friday
Apr042014

Weekend Spotlight: SciTech, Puss in Boots, Thumbelina and More

Here are some of the highlights over the next few days. As always, consult the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.
  • FIRST FRIDAYS: Downtown Aurora hosts a "First Fridays" every month featuring art, music, food, community and more. As part of this month's activities, SciTech Hands On Museum will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can enjoy "creation stations" and the art of science throughout the museum. Admission is free, as it is for all First Friday events.  
  • FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "Puss in Boots" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
  • KIDS WORKSHOP: The monthly Home Depot Kids Workshop is this Saturday at stores in locations including Geneva, Aurora, Bartlett, Naperville and South Elgin. This is a free, hands-on workshop, designed for kids ages 5 through 12, offered from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the newly constructed project kid, each child receives an orange apron, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. This month, the project is a birdbath/birdfeeder, inspired by the upcoming movie "Rio 2."
  • KIDS THEATER: Steel Beam Theater is opening its production of "Tiny Thumbelina" this weekend in St. Charles. This is part of the "Children's Stage," featuring young actors from around the western suburbs. Ticket are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Showtimes this weekend are on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., with more times available in coming weeks. 
  • FREE & FUN ART: If you're free on Sunday afternoon, Awesome Art Afternoons at Water Street Studios' locations in Batavia and St. Charles are always a good bet. It's a free opportunity, every Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., for you and your kids to drop in and make some art. Best for children ages 3 and up, and they need to be accompanied by an adult.
Friday
Mar282014

Weekend Spotlight Plus Spring Break Ideas

I'm getting this posted late in the week, so in addition to highlights of the weekend ahead, I've included some special weekday events, in case your children are on spring break. As always, consult the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.
  • EARTH HOUR: The city of Batavia is celebrating Earth Hour in the dark -- at the Eastside Community Center. This is a free event, taking place on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. There will be games in the dark, live music, storytelling, yoga, a drum circle, painting with light portraits and a chance to look at the stars. Find more info here
  • NEW THEATER: In the last year, the Geneva Park District took over a performance space on State Street in downtown Geneva and christened it "Playhouse 38." This weekend, the new park district theater program will be performing "Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr." with local kids. Performances are 7 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Sunset Community Center. For ticket info, call 630-232-4542. 
  • FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "Monsters vs. Aliens" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
  • SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILMS: The AMC Sensory Friendly Film Series features movies shown with lights up and sound down, with audience members free to get up and walk, dance, shout or sing. This weekend, "Muppets Most Wanted" will be shown at 10 a.m. at the Naperville 16, Yorktown 17 in Lombard and AMC South Barrington 30. Regular matinee prices apply. 

SPRING BREAK WEEKDAY FUN:

If your kids are on spring break the week of March 31, here are some ideas on how to stay busy:

  • FARM ACTIVITIES: Kline Creek Farm is offering a "Spring Break Spruce Up" on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in which your family can help prepare the kitchen garden, clean the animal pens, repair fences and spruce up around the farm.
  • GET FIT: The West Chicago Public Library's "Tottercize" program on Monday at 10 a.m. is designed to encourage you to share some physical activities with your child. You may learn new yoga poses, dance to tunes or work on motor skills. Aimed at children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers. 
  • GET WET: Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles offers an open family swim session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. (along with Friday and Sunday evenings.) The cost is $5 per person for a max of $15 per family.
  • RUBY SLIPPERS: The classic movie being shown on Monday as part of "Classic Movie Mondays" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora is "The Wizard of Oz." The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $1.
  • DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS: Brookfield Zoo is a fun place to visit, even if the weather is cold. The animals are often more active, anyway, and there are plenty of buildings to warm up in. 
  • GO BOWLING: Pinstripes in South Barrington and Oak Brook offers "Mom & Tot Bowling" from 10 a.m. to noon every weekday. All children bowl for $5 each, caregivers bowl for free. 
  • LIBRARY FUN: The Geneva Public Library has a week's worth of "School's Out" programming, including a "Find the Pigeon" game, a "Build with Legos" session and a couple of drop-in craft opportunities. You'll find info on the Go West Calendar. 
Friday
Mar212014

Weekend Spotlight: Fun on the Farm, Beauty and the Beast and More

Are you ready for the first weekend of spring? Here are some of the highlights over the next few days. As always, consult the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.
  • FARM FUN: Peck Farm Park in Geneva is hosting "Heritage Day" on Saturday. This is a free event where you can enjoy candle dipping, butter making, cow milking, crafts, lawn games, wool spinning and basket weaving demos, sheep herding, and more.  Plus, if weather permits enjoy FREE hayrides in the prarie! Great for all ages!
  • NEW THEATER: In the last year, the Geneva Park District took over a performance space on State Street in downtown Geneva and christened it "Playhouse 38." This weekend, the new park district theater program will be performing "Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr." with local kids. Performances are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Sunset Community Center. For ticket info, call 630-232-4542. The production will be performed next weekend, too. 
  • FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "Madagascar" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
  • BABY LIVESTOCK: Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago invites your family to visit for its "Lambing" program this weekend. You'll be able to see the season's new lambs, some as they're being born, and learn about the role livestock played on an 1890s farm. Admission to the farm is free; it's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Outbuildings, including the sheepfold, close at 4:30 p.m. (Note that a Go West reader advises wearing boots and rain slickers and clothes that can get dirty!)
  • FREE & FUN ART: If you're free on Sunday afternoonAwesome Art Afternoons at Water Street Studios' locations in Batavia and St. Charles are always a good bet. It's a free opportunity, every Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., for you and your kids to drop in and make some art. Best for children ages 3 and up, and they need to be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday
Mar132014

Weekend Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Maple Syrup, Lambs & More

Spring is just around the corner, and the Go West Calendar is heating up with lots of fun events. Here are some of the highlights over the next few days. As always, consult the Go West Calendar for more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.

PADDY GO SWIMMING: Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles (a Go West sponsor) is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Family Swim on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be snacks, craft and fun - plus swimming in the 90-degree water, of course! Cost is $5 per person, or $15 per family, and free to all currently enrolled families. 
 
GO GREEN: The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Charles steps off in downtown at 2 p.m. and travels along Main Street/Route 64 between 7th Street on the west side of the river and 5th Avenue (Illinois Route 25) on the east. It will feature Irish dancers, Irish music, floats and more. Starting at 10 a.m., several local dance studios will be performing at the Arcada Theatre.

SWEET TIMES: Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora is hosting its annual Maple Fest on Saturday morning. The event is free to the public. Tours will run every hour beginning at 9 a.m. (final tour at 1 p.m.), with naturalists from Red Oak leading visitors to various stations in the woods to view demonstrations of how maple sap is harvested and turned into delicious maple syrup. Each group will tap a maple tree, then witness the process of how sap is boiled and converted into syrup. Maple-themed treats and beverages will be available for a small fee.
 
FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "How to Train Your Dragon" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
 
BABY LIVESTOCK: Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago invites your family to visit for its "Lambing" program this weekend. You'll be able to see the season's new lambs, some as they're being born, and learn about the role livestock played on an 1890s farm. Admission to the farm is free; it's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Outbuildings, including the sheepfold, close at 4:30 p.m.